Street artist turns drab urban spaces into whimsical delights

Street artist Tom Bob has made it his mission to turn a world full of drab and unremarkable little corners into charming moments with his brightly-colored re-renderings. Read the rest

100 artists allowed to paint entire school for weeks before renovations

Jonk Photography captured the remarkable work of dozens of street artists given weeks to create whatever they want inside a school that's about to be renovated. Read the rest

Real-life Photoshop: artists repaint graffiti-tagged stuff to look deleted

Anna Christova snapped this fantastic street art project called "CTRL+X," which paints items tagged with graffiti to look as if they've been selected and deleted in Photoshop, revealing the default transparent layer. Below is the before photo: Read the rest

Paul Walsh paints delightful creatures on utility boxes

Artist Paul Walsh brightens up the streets of Auckland, New Zealand by sprucing up old utility boxes with delightful creatures. Read the rest

Notes on curating an open access collection of political stickers

Catherine Tedford is curator of the Street Art Graphics collection, an open access collection of 2,700+ political stickers from the 1910s to today. Read the rest

Extreme closeups of spray paint caps used for a cosmic mural

μcapsmic zooms in on the found at of spray paint caps used to paint a mural of the Star Child from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Used and naturally clogged in the most random ways possible, these spray paint caps were once indistinguishable from one another to the human eye and untouched by the human hand in the making. Now, each of them is considered to be small-scale models of the Universe that they created it. The first part showed here is a selection of six clogged spray paint caps that were used to create the stellar mural "StarChild (Genesis)".

μcapsmic - A Vision of Cosmos (Vimeo / The Orion) Read the rest

"Future Internment Camp" signs pop up across the country

Street artist Plastic Jesus recruited artists to affix signs at construction sites and fenced-off lots around the country that say "Lot Reserved for: Future Interment Camp." Download and print your own here. Read the rest

Anti-Trident activists poster London with "Become a Suicide Bomber" spoof naval recruiting ads

Artist Darren Cullen (previously) created the posters, which read, "The crew of our nuclear submarines are on a suicide mission. To launch their missiles means death is certain, not just for them, but for the millions of innocent people those bombs will obliterate, and for the rest of us too." Read the rest

LIES arrow-stickers for the era of the Alternate Fact

Steve Lambert made these LIES stickers which you can download and make yourself, or buy from him. (via We Make Money Not Art) Read the rest

Graffiti grammar cops prowl the night, spraypainting corrections

Agent X and Agent Full Stop are a pair of graffiti activists who call themselves Acción Ortográfica Quito: they sneak around the streets of Quito, Ecuador with cans of red spray-paint, correcting the punctuation, grammar and spelling of the city's prolific graffiti writers, bringing legibility to boasts, professions of love, and political messages. Read the rest

What happens when your political photo goes viral in 2017

Sean Bonner's posted his share of viral images over the years, but the most recent time was a little different: he tweeted a picture of an anti-Trump political sticker he spotted in Tokyo, created by street artist 281_Anti nuke. Read the rest

Canadian artist Roadsworth transforms streets into art

A few years ago Boing Boing shared this documentary about Canadian street artist Peter Gibson a.k.a. Roadsworth, and his Instagram account offers a treasure trove of more his work. Many of Gibson’s designs are politically pointed. As his captions explain, his street murals touch on everything from the refugee crisis to commercialism:

A new record: As of today, the UN has counted 65 million refugees in the world. I painted this last week as part of @muralfestival in collaboration with @amnistie_canadafr , in recognition of this tragic fact. Walls and fences are for painting and climbing not for dividing and obstructing. #amnistie_canadafr #muralfestival #refugee crisis

A post shared by Roadsworth (@roadsworth) on Jun 20, 2016 at 5:50am PDT

only 3 days left to satisfy the corporate overlords...bah humbug

A post shared by Roadsworth (@roadsworth) on Dec 22, 2015 at 9:26am PST

But other pieces are more fanciful and playful, like this squirrel that appears to be darting down the road:

Giant squirrel in Indianapolis. Thanks to Kurt @bigcarpix for putting this together

A post shared by Roadsworth (@roadsworth) on Jun 27, 2016 at 9:32am PDT

Some of my favorite designs are below, and you can find the full collection of street art, as well as Gibson's other work, on his Roadsworth Instagram account.

Rope bridge spanning a road in Indianapolis. Bringing attention to Indianapolis' waterways. Thanks @bigcarpix and the wonderful peeps of Indy

A post shared by Roadsworth (@roadsworth) on Jun 22, 2016 at 11:01am PDT

Washed Up from 2010

A post shared by Roadsworth (@roadsworth) on Apr 12, 2016 at 7:02am PDT

Human assembly line

A post shared by Roadsworth (@roadsworth) on Dec 14, 2015 at 1:19pm PST

In Quebec they call potholes "nid de poules" or chicken's nests

A post shared by Roadsworth (@roadsworth) on Dec 7, 2015 at 6:04am PST

Bike trail trails #bike path #Sweden

A post shared by Roadsworth (@roadsworth) on Jul 9, 2015 at 10:43am PDT

Bike path aerial #Halmstad#dronephoto#bike path

A post shared by Roadsworth (@roadsworth) on Oct 1, 2015 at 10:18am PDT

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Wonderfully clever graffiti that interacts with the structures where it's painted

Fantastic work from Italian street art collective Collettivo FX.

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Neon street mural transforms seedy South Philly side street

Percy Street is one of those irregular side streets found in older American neighborhoods like South Philadelphia. Cramped and dark, it became a favorite haunt of ne'er-do-wells until the installation of the neon-infused "Electric Street" mural. Now it's a destination of locals and tourists, and the increased traffic has tamped down the bad behavior. Read the rest

Macedonia's Colorful Revolutionaries defy the state by splashing paint on government buildings and monuments

Macedonia's laws define vandalism as a misdemeanor which puts a limit on the jail time faced by participants in a political movement whose symbol is splashes of brightly colored paint. Read the rest

You could own Banksy's SWAT Van

Banksy's iconic SWAT Van artwork goes up for auction at Bonhams next week. The piece first appeared in Banksy's infamous 2006 Los Angeles show Barely Legal. The hammer price is expected to hit US$300,000 - $450,000. From Bonhams:

Banksy's classic response to fear and tyranny is laughter and in the case of the present work the artist toys with his anti-establishment persona, ridiculing the police not just by depicting a scene in which heavily armed, faceless Special Forces agents are hoodwinked by a small boy but by doing so on the very apparatus of their strength. Banksy's best works combine vicious black humour with a clarity of message that many of the best advertisers would kill for and a rage that simply will not be ignored. His playfulness is the velvet glove that hides the iron fist of a social conscience honed on the streets of Bristol and which found its apotheosis in his breakout show Barely Legal in Los Angeles in 2006...

The present work was acquired directly from this exhibition and has remained in the same magnificent collection ever since, coming to the open market now for the first time. Despite the nature of the sculpture the condition is excellent and testament to the care with which the artist approaches even his most challenging works. This is a work that by the artist's own admission was first shown in a 'vandalised warehouse extravaganza' and yet it is worthy of any museum collection in the world.

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How a street artist pulled off a 50-building mural in Cairo's garbage-collector district

eL Seed, a Tunisian-French artist, painted a mural whose Arabic calligraphy reads "Anyone who wants to see the sunlight clearly needs to wipe his eye first," spanning 50 buildings across Manshiyat Naser, a neighborhood where the city's largely Coptic Christian garbage collectors live. Read the rest

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